Saturday, November 25, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Trucks remain off the road
Transporters threaten to stop operations in J&K
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — Most trucks remained off the road today in response to a call given by the Ludhiana Transporters’ Welfare Association in a protest against the killing of five truck drivers near Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir. Other transport associations too supported the strike.

BSP warns against move to amend statute
Ludhiana, Nov 24 — The state convener of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Mr Mohan Singh Phallianwal, today flayed the state government and the police administration, for increasing atrocities against the Dalits and alarming rise in the crime rate. Talking to mediapersons here, he said the law and order situation had worsened and the complicity of the police machinery with the criminal elements had further added fuel to the fire.

The BSP state convener, Mr Mohan Singh Phallianwal, addresses party workers meeting in Ludhiana on Friday. 



Cops accused of looting cash
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — A car driver with a local firm here has accused two constables posted at Jagat Puri post of snatching money and intimidating him. The police has denied the incident and maintains that the two constables were innocent. 

PSEB engineers caution govt
Ludhiana, Nov 24 — The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association has reacted to the move of the state government to make operative the state Electricity Regulatory Commission by next year, saying the proposed Electricity Bill 2000 will pave the way for economic enslavement of the country under the pressure of the World Bank and other multi-national corporations.

Textile city on periphery of Ludhiana mooted
Ludhiana, Nov 23 — A new ‘textile city’ is being planned on the periphery of Ludhiana. It is reliably learnt that the project has the approval of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. This project was discussed at a meeting of the officials of the district administration, municipal corporation, town planning department, representatives of dyeing and finishing industry, knitwear club and textile industry.

Not coins, but temple tokens found
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — The coins found during the digging of a tubewell in a suburb here have proved to be only temple tokens. The first temple token found dates back to the period of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. It was in this period that a gold coin called mohar was brought out with the portraits of Guru Nanak sahib, Bala and Mardana on one side. On the reverse side was thrice inscribed Wahiguru in Gurmukhi.

PAU teachers resent selective raise in retirement age, partial pay hike
LUDHIANA, Nov 23 — The teachers of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), like their counterparts in universities and colleges across the country, have alleged that the commitments made by the Union Ministry to the All India Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisation (AIFUCTO) at the time of the withdrawl of the 25-day nationwide strike in 1998 have not yet been honoured. They are unhappy over the partial implementation of the notification and agreement reached between the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the teachers' bodies.

67-yr-old man’s divorce plea dismissed
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — In an interesting case, a district court here has turned down the divorce plea of a 67-year-old man, seeking divorce from his 62-year-old wife. The court did not find any evidence in a number of allegations levelled by him against his wife with whom he shared an over 40-year-old matrimonial life.

Nov 24 — The month saw festivities revolving round Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birth anniversary. There were ‘prabhat pheris’, nagar kirtans, and night-long shabad kirtans in gurdwaras. Scores of women prepared food through the night for the langar in the morning. The functions attracted people from all sects and walks of life.


Teacher sets things right
T is my old belief that teaching is not a profession but a way of life. A teacher has a peculiar bent of mind that prompts him to set things right. A teacher considers it his duty to safeguard against future lapses. Sometimes he earns the ire of the persons around, as his zeal to set things right is likely to be misconstrued as a self-righteous attitude. It is not always appreciated.

Complainants ignored by inquiry officials
Sangat darshan a tame affair
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — The initial euphoria about the problems being faced by people getting solved after they are listed at the weekly sangat darshan appears to be fizzling out, with a number of them alleging that the officials deputed for inquiries and investigations file their own reports while ignoring them (the complainants).

Renuka Shahane visits KVM
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — During her Wednesday's visit to the city, Renuka Shahane, the ever-smiling Bollywood celebrity, visited Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. She was welcomed amidst a thunderous applause, following which she addressed students.

Solve murder case, demand councillors 
KHANNA, Nov 24 — A meeting of municipal councillors, leaders of the SAD and the BJP was held at the residence of the local Akali leader, Mr Iqbal Singh, to discuss the Aman Sood murder case.

Swimming pool in a state of neglect
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — The swimming pool of Government College of Boys here is almost lying abandoned. Rain water is the only source of filling the pool, grass and shrubs have grown on the sides of the pool. The dressing rooms and bathrooms on the pool premises are also in bad shape.

Fancy dress contest at Niharika 
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — ‘Fancy-dress’ does not necessarily mean that the term is associated with kids, at least not for the members of Niharika Club. The club organised a fancy dress competition for members at Basant Resorts here today.



One booked on extortion charge
Ludhiana, Nov 24 — The police has booked one person for demanding Rs 20 lakh as ransom from Ram Pratap Handa and threatening him.


Insist on contract note, investors told
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — Investors should be vigilant while dealing in the stock market. They should insist for the contract note while dealing with the brokers to confirm the trade. Payments should be made through cheques only. Investors should also ensure that the contract note issued must belong to a member of a recognised stock exchange, said Mr Tarvinder Dhingra, vice president, Ludhiana Stock Exchange in his key note address. He was speaking at the seminar organised here today on “Investors’ awareness”. The seminar was organised by the Bombay Stock Exchange in association with Ludhiana Stock Exchange Association Limited.


Exhibition by textile students
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — To celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Sobha Singh, a three-day exhibition on textile painting and printing was inaugurated at Sobha Singh Arts College, Civil Lines, here yesterday. Nearly 35 students participated in the exhibition. The exhibits included painted handkerchiefs, dining table cloth, table mats, cushion covers, shawls, bed sheets, towels, suits, dupattas, sarees, jeans, T-shirts, wall hangings, CD player covers, baby sheets and baby quilts, painted with fabric colours. 

Annual function celebrated at GNIPS
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — Students of Guru Nanak International Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion of an annual function last evening.


Need to curb neo-natal mortality
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — Neonatal mortality constitutes about 50 per cent of the infant mortality and it continues to be on the rise for the last two decades. About 70 per cent deliveries are still not conducted by the trained personal in developing countries like India. Thus the awareness of good primary care becomes essential. Primary neonatal care means first contact and initial care of the neonate by mother, family members, traditional birth attendants or family physician.


SHCS win 7 gold in roller skating
LUDHIANA, Nov 24 — Guru Nanak International Public School (GNIPS) and Sacred Heart Convent School (SHCS) stole the 3rd Sahodaya School Complex Roller Skating Championship, which started here today. SHCS bagged seven gold, six silver and five bronze medals, while GNIPS won 12 medals with equal number of gold, sliver and bronze medals.


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